Common Acronyms You Need to Know

It can be a bit overwhelming remembering the acronyms cadets and parents need to remember.  We’ve compiled a list here of some common acronyms.


BDU – Battle Dress Uniform: This is the two tone green shirt and blouse cadets wear during our field operations at Camp Timberline.


BMR – Basic Military Requirements: This is a self-study training course that covers the basic professional military knowledge required of the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve.  This is all the 1st coursework element our cadets complete entering the program.


CO – Commanding Officer: The CO is in charge of all aspects of our unit.  David Fong is our CO.


COTC – Commanding Officer, Training contingent: This is the person in charge of a training event many or our cadets will attend during the summer and winter.


LPO – Lead Petty Officer: This is the ‘go-to’ Cadet that leads the division.  You often see different cadets each month as the LPO.  Whomever is the senior ranking cadet during drill is the LPO.  During our December drill Cadet Mueller was our LPO.


NLCC – Navy League Cadet Core: This is the junior program of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps.  This is our Leaguers.


NOSC – Navy Operational Support Center: This is the building in which we have drill nearly every month.  The building supports both the Navy and the Marine Corps.  The building ensures reservists are ready to mobilization for active duty assignment.


NWU – Navy Working Uniform: This is the shirt and blouse that’s grey and blue worn during almost every drill weekend.


POLA – Petty Officer Leadership Academy: This training is designed to teach basic leadership skills.  This is a required course for anyone aspiring to achieve Petty Officer Second Class.

POM – Plan of the Month: This is our monthly weekend plan.  The POM usually details all event for the Sea Cadets during the weekend. It’s usually available the weekend before drill.


PT – Physical Training: Physical fitness is a key part of our program.  Getting in shape and staying in shape allows cadets to meet standards for training.

PRT – Physical Readiness Test: In order to attend local and remote trainings, Cadets must pass and maintain a minimum physical fitness requirement.

Ombudsman – This isn’t a acronym.  We felt it was important to explain that an Ombudsman acts as a liaison between command and families.

SWCC (swick) – Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman: This is the United States Navy special operations force that operates and maintains an inventory of small craft used to support special operations missions, particularly those of the U.S. Navy SEALs


XO – Executive Officer: The XO is generally a person responsible for running the organization.  Our XO is Greg Hall.  The XO is 2nd in command of our Sea Cadets.

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